Computer Controls - Steel Factory
This steel factory outside of Detroit was the first to use computer controls. On a related note, I've been reading an academic piece that analyzes the downfall of Detroit. A major reason for Detroit's demise - or so says the thesis statement - is the increased mechanization and automation of the steel production process. No more workers were needed, so blue collar jobs disappeared, while white collar managerial classes prospered. The paper posits that Detroit was hampered by a combination of automation, government policies encouraging dispersed, suburban factories and - of course - increasing globalization. Mainly, however, it was the computer that destroyed the typical Detroit blue collar job.